Film explores life of former Pacers star Leonard

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Terre Haute native and former Indiana Pacers star Bobby "Slick" Leonard is the focus of a new documentary expected to be released in March.

Filmmaker Ted Green tells the Tribune-Star ( ) many basketball fans only know Leonard as the color announcer on the Pacers' NBA radio broadcasts who exclaims "Boom, baby" after 3-pointers. But he says Leonard "represents Hoosier basketball" with his roles at Terre Haute Gerstmeyer and Indiana University and in the ABA.

Green has visited Terre Haute with the now-81-year-old Leonard and plans more trips to find photographs of Leonard in his youth and city scenes dating from the 1930s.

He says Leonard deserves induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., for his three ABA titles and 387-270 record in the league.

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